When 83-year-old Velma Bennett was murdered outside her Bluejacket home Wednesday, her children not only lost their mother, but the stray cats and dogs she took in as her own were also left with no one to care for them.Velma lived out in the country, where dogs seem to be dumped from time-to-time. Velma never turned a stray away. When she died, she had more than 20 pets. Velma vaccinated the animals herself and mowed lawns to pay for dog and cat food. Her daughters said their mother would without to make sure her pets were taken care of, "God has got have a special place for a person like her. I'd like to think there is an animal heaven and mom is right in the middle of them," her daughter Kathy Walker said.With their mother gone, her daughters didn't know what they were going to do-- they couldn't keep all the animals.
That's when the Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter stepped in...to rescue dogs and cats Velma so thoughtfully rescued over the years. ( http://www.paasvinita.com ) PAAS Vinita is a new, no-kill, non-profit rescue group out of Vinita. Since it was founded in April, the rescue has saved more animals than it can count...and says it's an honor to add Velma's pets to that list.